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Hutton, Disraeli M
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Perceptions of Teachers and Students on School Violence in Jamaica Secondary Schools.
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American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
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April 27-May 01, 2013
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San Francisco, California, USA,
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Poster session presented under the Theme: Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis.
Abstract
This study aims to investigate the causes, effects and violence prevention strategies on school violence. Open-ended surveys were given to a sample of 739 students and 200 teachers in 22 secondary schools in Jamaica. About half of the students and 69% of the teachers claimed that violence is a problem at their schools. Violent acts are mainly related to verbal, physical or relational aggression. However, gang violence and the use of weapons (knives) appear to be on the increase. Most of the violence prevention initiatives are punitive in nature. Schools are spending a lot of money in hiring more security personnel. They should spend money and energy on proactive initiatives such as counselling, peer mediation and integration of peace education into the curriculum....
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